Frequently Asked Questions
In 2024 St Kilda Festival will take place on Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 of February.
Saturday 17 February is First Peoples First Day, a celebration of First Nations music, culture and community featuring some of the best established and emerging First Peoples’ artists. Performances will run from 10.30 am until 8.50 pm across O'Donnell Gardens and the St Kilda foreshore Main Stage.
Sunday 18 February is Big Festival Sunday, an iconic day of Aussie music by the bay featuring some of the biggest names in Australian music. Performances will run from 9.30 am to 10 pm across the entire Festival precinct.
St Kilda Festival is set to welcome back the big crowds and summer celebrations in a return to its much-loved two-day format in 2024.
The 43rd edition of the iconic Festival will take place as a two-day program showcasing more than 50 incredible artists across a packed weekend of music, family activities and fun.
Our full line-up will be announced soon.
Full and partial road closures will apply in St Kilda on Sunday 18 February from 3 am until midnight.
More information can be found on our Road closures page.
Yes! St Kilda Festival is a free, all ages event.
Everyone is welcome at St Kilda Festival.
While we love furry friends, we recommend leaving your dogs at home over the festival. The combination of crowds, noise and heat is unlikely to make the day as fun for them as it is for you.
If you do decide to bring your dog, they need to remain on a lead at all times. Please also remember to clean-up after them.
A selection of adult, teenage and family rides will be operating in Catani Gardens.
Below is the full list:
- Cliff Hanger
- Pirates Next
- Tea Cups
- Bungee Tramps
- Dragon Coaster
- Kids Carousel
The Ferris Wheel near the Yacht Club and nearby Luna Park will also be open over the festival.
See below for performance times for all stages over the two days of the fest:
Saturday 17 February
Stage Time Main Stage 11 am – 8.50 pm O’Donnell Gardens Stage 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday 18 February
Stage Time Main stage 9.30 am – 10 pm O’Donnell Gardens Stage 10 am – 8.40 pm Triangle Stage 11.30 am – 8 pm Cointreau Summer Stage (18+ access) 11.45 am – 9.30 pm New Music Stage 11.20 am – 9 pm Locals Stage 11.20 am – 9 pm Rhythm Quarter at Alfred Square 12 pm - 8 pm DanceZone 12 pm - 6.45 pm
Anyone undertaking commercial photography or filming at St Kilda Festival requires a permit, including:
- freelance photographers and filmmakers
- people associated with Festival performers
The permits are required to ensure the safety of the Festival audience.
For more information and to lodge a Photography and Filming Permit Application form, visit the Port Phillip website.
Food will be available throughout the Festival at various food zones. Please refer to your map for their specific location.
Food partners for this year’s festival include Indomie Noodles, Betty’s Burgers and Cocobella. Indomie Noodles will be selling noodles until late on both Saturday and Sunday at South Beach Reserve. Betty’s Burgers will be selling burgers at South Beach Reserve across both festival days. Cocobella will also be giving away free coconut water and coconut yoghurt at Catani Gardens on Sunday.
Food will also be available from the nearby Fitzroy and Acland Street traders.
Employment opportunities are advertised on the City of Port Phillip recruitment page. Any available volunteering opportunities will be advertised on our social channels.
Busking applications are now open.
More information about busking applications will head to our Busking applications page.
St Kilda Festival works very closely with all emergency service organisations to ensure best emergency management and operational practices are in place for Festival day. This makes for a safe event for all.
For any emergency response on Festival day please dial 000
For non-urgent assistance or information on the Festival day, please call the Festival Hotline on 03 9209 6306.
There are two first aid posts onsite on the St Kilda Festival precinct.
One first aid post is located in front of Catani Gardens at Beaconsfield Parade.
The other first aid post is beside Alfred Square on the Upper Esplanade.
For all medical emergencies please dial 000.
For non-urgent onsite assistance, please call the Festival Hotline on 03 9209 6306.
St Kilda Festival is a dry zone. Alcohol consumption is only permitted within designated licensed areas. Penalties will apply.
Additional restrictions are in place in the surrounding area and will be enforced:
- Alcohol bans are in place in City of Port Phillip
This includes 24 hour-bans, restrictions in parks and public places, and the annual St Kilda foreshore alcohol ban from 1 November to 31 March.
- Glass is not permitted on the City of Port Phillip foreshore
You cannot take any glass container, bottle, or other glass items onto the foreshore without a permit.
- Alcohol bans are in place in City of Port Phillip
Drinking stations will be available throughout the festival precinct. Refer to our soon to be released festival map for precise locations. Onsite bars and traders will also be selling bottled water.
You are welcome to bring your own reusable water bottle to the Festival to refill. Please avoid bringing glass as there are glass bans in place on the St Kilda foreshore.